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Old 01-24-2011, 08:44 AM   #1
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I am an avid backyard smoker who is interested in adding a new smoker to my collection. I currently have a large Big Green Egg and I'm trying to decide between a Cookshack smoker and a Backwoods Smoker.

I'm not planning on competing, catering or any large scale endeavours. I just want to produce excellent BBQ for groups of 10 or less. The BGE is great, but I don't like the fact that I can't lay out entire racks of ribs on the main cooking grate. It appears that the appropriate model Cookshack or Backwoods Smoker would address this issue.

So my question is this:

Which smoker produces a better product? I'm primarly interested in ribs and brisket. I'd like to have an authentic smoke flavor and a moist product when it's finished.

Any experience that can be shared on either of these smokers is appreciated.

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Old 01-24-2011, 08:53 AM   #2
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I could be totally wrong but I think the smaller (residential) cook shacks are electric so if you think you might ever want to get into a competition I don't think they would be allowed.
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Old 01-24-2011, 09:00 AM   #3
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Fishiest1 is correct on the residential Cookshack line. They use electricity for the heat source and wood chunks for flavor. They are not currently allowed in KCBS-sanctioned competitions.

If that's not a concern, then you should consider them. They do a nice job in all sorts of weather and produce a nice product. It is very easy to over smoke with them, however. A little wood goes a long way.
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Old 01-24-2011, 09:06 AM   #4
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I am an avid backyard smoker who is interested in adding a new smoker to my collection. I currently have a large Big Green Egg and I'm trying to decide between a Cookshack smoker and a Backwoods Smoker.

I'm not planning on competing, catering or any large scale endeavours. I just want to produce excellent BBQ for groups of 10 or less. The BGE is great, but I don't like the fact that I can't lay out entire racks of ribs on the main cooking grate. It appears that the appropriate model Cookshack or Backwoods Smoker would address this issue.

So my question is this:

Which smoker produces a better product? I'm primarly interested in ribs and brisket. I'd like to have an authentic smoke flavor and a moist product when it's finished.

Any experience that can be shared on either of these smokers is appreciated.

Thanks!
My BWS Chubby was $1145.00 delivered to my door. It came with a cover, diffuser, and BBQ Guru adapter.

I've done 2 cooks with it, and both results were excellent (in 26 degree weather, no less).

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But I'm very satisfied with my BWS.
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Old 01-24-2011, 01:00 PM   #5
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Cant go wrong with the Backwoods I have been a dealer for 5yrs and have used them in catering and comp for even longer. PM me i can give you the total rundown plus i give member discounts.
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Old 01-24-2011, 01:22 PM   #6
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I also would like some information.

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Old 01-24-2011, 02:51 PM   #7
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I am an avid backyard smoker who is interested in adding a new smoker to my collection. I currently have a large Big Green Egg and I'm trying to decide between a Cookshack smoker and a Backwoods Smoker.

I'm not planning on competing, catering or any large scale endeavours. I just want to produce excellent BBQ for groups of 10 or less. The BGE is great, but I don't like the fact that I can't lay out entire racks of ribs on the main cooking grate. It appears that the appropriate model Cookshack or Backwoods Smoker would address this issue.

So my question is this:

Which smoker produces a better product? I'm primarly interested in ribs and brisket. I'd like to have an authentic smoke flavor and a moist product when it's finished.

Any experience that can be shared on either of these smokers is appreciated.

Thanks!
Backwoods all the way. Chubby is nice and compact and a good capacity. The Party would be my suggestion. Same foot print as the chubby with 6 racks and very verstile. They both have removable water pans so you can crank the heat up on them and cook direct if you like. BTCG has a chubby and can give you and idea of those and Fishiest1 will have a Party this week so he can give a little input too!!!! Let me know if I can help ya!!
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Old 01-24-2011, 03:02 PM   #8
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Here are some pics of a chubby and a party. 20lb turkey in both and 15 untrimmed chicken thighs on a chubby/party shelf. Should help you choose and give you a visual of capacity.
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Party is a rib cookers delight and will just cruise along at the desired temp. I do brisket on my BGE with good results.
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The backwoods would be a much better choice.
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MOINKS on my chubby. Can't go wrong with a Backwoods smoker.
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MOINKS on my chubby. Can't go wrong with a Backwoods smoker.
Love the Chubby!
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MOINKS on my chubby. Can't go wrong with a Backwoods smoker.
Those moinks look outstanding....if I look at the computer screen too much longer I'm gonna lick it...........I have a group party in a week....gonna do some moinks and Boshizzle's atomic tater tots on my chubby to serve.....I can't wait.....
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I love my backwoods piglet! I actually am considering buying another BWS if i could only find a way to justify it to my wife.
Here is my piglet smoking away.
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The party looks like it is the way to go...
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